President Donald Trump notoriously asked the far-right militant group the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by" during a September debate with Joe Biden.
But that was before he lost the 2020 presidential election. On Saturday, the Proud Boys descended upon DC to back Trump.
"After the sun went down, their antics escalated. Proud Boys and pro-Trump demonstrators repeatedly faced off with counterprotesters near Black Lives Matter Plaza, Franklin Square, Harry’s Bar — a hangout popular with Trump supporters — and other spots around downtown," The Washington Post reported Saturday. "The Proud Boys became increasingly angry as they wove through streets and alleys, only to find police continuously blocking their course with lines of bikes."
Shocking scenes of the Proud Boys were posted on Twitter.
Proud Boys are marching through DC taking down some of the Black Lives Matter banners hanging up #DC #MarchForTrump… https://t.co/IQXzt5xUFZ— Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1607823292.0
Y’all, I can’t... #proudboys https://t.co/o9HwoypBMx— 🌺 (@🌺)1607815134.0
Fascists marching in Washington, DC tonight https://t.co/2IyZQDLr6Q— John Bresnahan (@John Bresnahan)1607824622.0
The mob (some had PB colors, couldn’t make out others) marched the two young men to Thomas Circle & let them go, al… https://t.co/alRtUA7lKG— Hannah Allam (@Hannah Allam)1607827421.0
The violence surrounding the Proud Boys marching in downtown DC tonight took place a block away from Ford’s Theatre… https://t.co/8N1ADZQj4K— Chris Geidner (@Chris Geidner)1607828450.0
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